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Veselin Topalov vs Hikaru Nakamura
Sinquefield Cup (2014), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 3, Aug-29
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0



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  piltdown man: Go Topa!
Aug-29-14  Mating Net: Kudos to Topalov. He employed the approved solution to winning pinned pieces. Send as many attackers as possible, then capture.
Aug-29-14  estrick: 21. Ng5 was a blunder. If Naka had played Bxf2+!, he would have had a crushing win.
Aug-29-14  DavidD: Each player can look like an idiot during the postmortem when missed wins are frequently discovered. I like Topalov's approach to chess (the same as Tal's): all you have to do is give your opponent difficult positions to solve in the given time limit.
Aug-30-14  mrbasso: <DavidD> Bxf2+ is very easy to see. Naka just blew it once again and Topalov was lucky.
Aug-30-14  Ulhumbrus: On the matter of 5...b5 it is worth quoting Capablanca: <The Ruy Lopez is a difficult defence for Black at the best of times and so deviations from the main line can hardly be recommended>

When Kramnik employed the eccentric looking 6...Bc5 in the game Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000 Kasparov did not find a way to win. However that does not mean that 6...Bc5 is advisable. Kasparov may have made not the best choice.

Carlsen has employed successfully the move Bg5 more than once and perhaps this is the right course at the right moment. To give one possible example, instead of 13 Na3 going after a miserable little pawn (ie an eventual win) Carlsen's stratagem of 13 Bg5! may be better

If 17...b3 is good this suggests that 16 b3 is advisable

With the move 19 e5 perhaps Topalov wants to clear the fourth rank for his rook on a1 to develop via a4.

The move 19 e5? is however an attacking move in a position where White can hardly claim an advantage. It seems to be Black who has the better of it. The attack is unsound and can be forecast to fail. As Black is ahead in development it is Black who will benefit from the opened lines.

After 20 dxe5 Ashley indicates that White is in trouble: Black has lines opened for his bishops.

21 Ng5? attempts to persist with an unsound attack. This increases Black's advantage to more than a winning degree and could have lost at once.

With 21...g6 Nakamura misses his chance. According to Ashley 21...Bxf2+! wins immediately. Ashley indicates as well that it is still not too late for the move ...Bxf2+ on the next move

After 30 Rxe5 White's QB has occupied the diagonal a1-h8 before Black's KB. Topalov said that Black was lost after 30 Rxe5.

The attack 19 e5 may have been unsound but Black had to find all of the right moves in order to prove it.

Aug-30-14  goodevans: <mrbasso: <DavidD> Bxf2+ is very easy to see>

Very easy to see that the B is immune to capture, that much agreed, but somewhat less easy to see that the complications that follow Kf1 work out in Black's favour. Both Black Ns are now en prise and White is threatening a K-side attack of his own.

Sep-02-14  Whitehat1963: What's best play after 21...Bxf2+?

And what happens if 22. Kxf2?

Sep-02-14  machak: if 22.Kxf2 Qd4+ 23.Kf1 Ng3 etc..
Jan-04-15  chesssantosh: <notyetagm> Text book example of 'loose square near your king"

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